Geographic Techniques

  • Minor

The minor focuses on expertise in geographic information systems (GIS), satellite and aerial remote sensing, and manipulation of large data sets. It allows for the analysis of complex geographic relationships, essential to understanding underlying social, political, and/or environmental processes.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students will complete a minimum of 25 credit hours and gain an enviable - and marketable - set of smart tools. This minor is skills-oriented and compliments a wide variety of majors.


Topics include:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing (satellite image interpretation)
  • Global Positional Systems (GPS)
  • Environmental, Social, and Business Applications

Career Options

Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • Environmental specialist
  • Transportation analyst
  • Urban planner
  • Business GIS analyst
  • Regional intelligence analyst
  • Lead digital mapper
  • International organizations

Why Study Geographic Techniques at Grand Valley?

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. Geospatial technology offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these smart technologies will give students an edge over peers in the job market.
  • Practical application. Students will learn practical skills that will benefit their future careers.
  • Flexibility. Any major combined with the geospatial technology creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. Students can achieve an additional GIS certificate with no extra financial cost.

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